THE ART/LIFE MENTORING PROJECT

Photo by Edgar Valdes

During our middle years, we can find ourselves at a crossroads.

Despite the fact that we have lived, created, and accomplished much, when we look back on our careers, we feel fragmented. Our choices seem random, and we wonder if we’ve missed our true calling.

We’ve chosen work we loved, become artists despite the urgings of loved ones and well-meaning friends. But we’ve been interrupted by other dreams, by obligations, by the need to create income for ourselves and for our families.

But now a new project beckons. How do we move beyond the old obstacles, both exterior and interior, and manifest the work that is calling us?

 

The Art/Life Mentoring Program offers an opportunity to see the larger picture of your creative life, integrating past achievement with present desire. We look at the trajectory of your career and find patterns, listening deeply for what drives you.

What if this was the moment when confusion and fear gave way to direction and resolve? What if your life has been building toward this moment to manifest the best within you?

 

The Art/Life Mentoring Program is a journey toward clarity and commitment to your creative dreams. Here’s how it works:

 

PHASE I – YOUR TRUE NORTH

THE EXCAVATION INTERVIEW AND STATEMENT OF CALLING

 

Week One. The Excavation Interview takes you on a deep dive into your creative work. Our conversation allows you to wander through your creative past, unedited. We till the soil and unearth lost fragments of your work, eventually connecting the dots of your experience and accomplishments, weeding out the noise and teasing out themes.

 

Week Two. At this meeting you receive a series of documents. The highlights from your Excavation Interview reflect moments of strength and clarity, when you’ve touched on your deepest truths. These gems of recognition come as a gift and may indicate your true calling. You also receive a summary statement that pulls together your history, pointing out patterns and themes in your life and work. A third document includes a list of recommendations about how to proceed in the areas of art, life, and livelihood.

 

This process gave me a sense of coherence about my lifelong creative experience, which left to my own scrutiny, can seem chaotic. Saundra made meaning of the chaos for me, and her point of view was profoundly validating. Her background in fine arts lends sophistication to her interpretation, a sort of worldliness that I sense is shocked by nothing, and which gives a wide embrace to all promising artistic impulses. (H. Malkan)

 

Cost: $747

 

Photo by Edgar Valdes

Photo by Edgar Valdes

 

 

Once we establish the connections in your life and work and agree on a frame or focus, we can navigate the future. You can move forward deliberately, making choices about art and a life in accordance with your true self and calling.

 

PHASE TWO – ART/LIFE MENTORING

 

Here is where we get down to business, creating a calendar that acknowledges your creative work as your calling and highest responsibility. We talk about obstacles and find ways to overcome them and take concrete steps to get the work you see, sense, and feel within you, out into the world.

 

The Excavation process revealed new insights about my creative life. I keep the documents by my side and reread them every week. The single most useful aspect of the process was finding the focus of my passion and then building a schedule to work on it. Since working together, I’ve made creative work a priority every day and week. I plan time for creative work even if it is twenty minutes. I am meeting word count goals and only engaging in work I feel passionate about, letting the non-important things fall away. (Alice Shorett)

 

Four weeks of one-on-one meetings, 75-90 minutes each, spread out over three months. $797

CRITERIA

  • You are at a crossroads in your creative life, wondering how to move forward.

  • You have a project that is calling you, but can’t see beyond the obstacles of your obligations.

  • You have been working in the arts for a minimum of five years.

  • You are ready to step up and take yourself and your work seriously.

 

To find our true calling we have to connect the dots and understand that each leg of the journey has been essential to the work we are called to write now.

What if you could see your creative calling in the connections between your past work and present desire, and build your life around that calling?

 

Because the work is labor-intensive, I take on only a few clients at a time. Contact me directly (saundra@texas.net) to see if the Art/Life Mentoring Program is the right fit for you and to hold your place in the queue.

(Please note: I only offer mentoring to individuals who’ve been through the Excavation Process or who have taken The Heroine’s Journey for Artists with me)